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    NASA astronaut visits Team Buckley

    NASA astronaut visits Team Buckley

    Photo By Airman 1st Class Luke Nowakowski | Col. Michael S. Hopkins, Air Force National Aeronautics Space Agency astronaut, takes...... read more read more

    BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, CO, UNITED STATES

    01.08.2018

    Story by Airman 1st Class Luke Nowakowski 

    460th Space Wing Public Affairs

    “Usually astronauts are selected out of a flight test program but I am hoping to change that,” Hopkins said.
    “The other branches have selected special operations members and submariners, I am here to let people know that we are trying to look outside of flight test programs and I think that space operators are a good place to look,” he added.
    Hopkins spent time with Team Buckley leadership as well as talked to Airmen and families about his time on the International Space Station. He also made time to tour the 460th Operations Group to learn about the mission of missile warning as well as speak to a group of first graders at Edna and John W. Mosely P-8 Aurora Public School.
    “It was really good for Col. Hopkins to come talk to the children here,” said Carrie Clark, Edna and John W. Mosely P-8 Aurora Public School principal. “A lot of children look up to hero’s like that so to meet an astronaut was really cool for them.”
    He was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training in Nov. 2011, which included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training.
    The Missouri native was member of the Expedition 37/38 crew and has logged 166 days in space. He launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to the ISS Sept. 2013. During his stay aboard the station, he conducted two spacewalks totaling 12 hours and 58 minutes to change out a degraded pump module. Now Hopkins currently supports International Space Station Operations at the Johnson Space Center.
    “I hope that we can create a bond here,” said Hopkins. “Long after I am gone and there are new astronauts and commanders here, I hope that they can get together and continue this relationship because our missions go hand in hand and I would like to see someone from AFSPC in space one day.”

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    Date Taken: 01.08.2018
    Date Posted: 01.09.2018 14:02
    Story ID: 261650
    Location: BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, CO, US 

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